Definition of oenothera in English:

oenothera

noun

Botany
  • Any plant of the genus Oenothera (family Onagraceae), comprising chiefly North American plants with large, often yellow, flowers; also (in form Oenothera), the genus itself.

Origin

Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin oenothera, an alternative reading for classical Latin onothēra, also onothēras a plant mentioned by Pliny from Hellenistic Greek ὀνοθήρας, lit. ‘ass-catcher’ from ancient Greek ὄνος ass + θηρᾶν to hunt, pursue, catch from θήρ wild beast; another name was ὀνάγρα ass-trap.

Pronunciation

oenothera

/ˌiːnə(ʊ)ˈθɪərə//iːˈnɒθ(ə)rə/